Even though you may drive with extra caution around cement trucks, accidents could still happen. If they do, you deserve experienced legal help to protect your right to compensation and build a strong case. Hensley Legal Group has the experience and resources you need and deserve to pinpoint the at-fault party in your cement truck accident. Rather than risk letting an unknown at-fault party get away with causing you harm, let us help you understand how cement truck accidents happen, damages you stand to recover and more.
Reasons Cement Truck Accidents Happen
If you get into an accident with a cement truck, you may care more about recovering than learning why the accident happened. For personal injuries, victims must understand the reason for their injuries, so they build a solid case and understand which parties bear fault for their injuries and damages.
A cement truck’s size helps it transport a lot of cement, but that utility becomes a hazard in accidents. Combined with the cement truck’s high center of gravity, a heavy load may cause one of the massive vehicles to tip over onto a pedestrian, bike or car. Further, a truck’s weight makes it dangerous even during low-speed collisions.
Larger vehicles often have larger blind spots. Truck drivers may not check their blind spots thoroughly before changing lanes, and car drivers may linger in blind spots without realizing it. Either way, an oversight may trigger a collision.
Companies must properly train their drivers before sending them out on the road alone. Inadequate training puts others at risk, and so does driver fatigue, intoxication and distraction. Truck drivers must also adhere to posted speed limits and refrain from aggressive driving maneuvers.
Rather than the trucking company or driver, truck parts and equipment manufacturers could become the negligent party in an accident. Releasing defective products may lead to avoidable equipment failure or premature wear and tear, either of which may harm others on the road.
Much like semi-truck drivers, cement truck drivers must check their trucks and equipment before hitting the road. A thorough inspection may uncover hazards such as failing brakes, tire damage and broken lights.
Larger and heavier vehicles need more room to come to a full stop. Heavy enough while empty, a full cement truck may become a massive battering ram if it careens out of control. Until the driver stops the vehicle, it could cause a lot of damage and harm to vehicles and people in its path.
What To Do After a Cement Truck Accident
Every move you make after a cement truck accident affects your legal case. Saying the wrong thing to the wrong person or neglecting a step may cost you more than you realize. Here are specific steps to take after a collision.
Check for Injuries
Carefully check yourself and others in the car with you for injuries. Even if you look and feel fine, it makes sense to let your regular physician examine you. Delayed injury symptoms may not appear until days or weeks after the accident, and not knowing about them until later could harm your case. Let a doctor tell you how fine you are rather than make the assessment without professional help.
Call the Police and Paramedics
If anyone in the accident sustained injuries or seems unresponsive, call emergency medical services to the scene. While waiting for them to arrive, call the police out to the scene, too. Police reports help decipher what happened during an accident and potential at-fault parties. Ask for a copy of the report, so you may show the findings to your insurance company and legal representative.
Before leaving the accident scene, take plenty of images of the wreckage, debris, damage to your car’s interior and exterior, the company name on the cement truck and your injuries. Much like a police report, images of the accident paint a picture of what happened and who could bear fault for the accident.
Gather Witness Statements
If anyone saw the accident, ask for a verbal or written statement. Ask for the person’s contact information, in case you have follow-up questions later. That said, try to gather as many details as possible from witnesses the first time you speak with them. Over time, their recollections may become hazy.
Personal Injury Damages Resulting From Cement Truck Accidents
After suffering a personal injury, you may wonder about your case’s worth. That depends on the damages you qualify for. Here are examples of common cement truck accident damages.
If you cannot work because of your injuries, you may qualify for lost wages, future lost wages and loss of earning capacity damages.
Even if you have health insurance, you should not pay for medical treatment received because of another’s negligence. Medical treatment damages account for everything from ambulance rides, physical therapy and prescription medication to medical assistive devices and rehabilitation.
Severe cement truck accidents may total your vehicle and damage or destroy belongings in your car. Property loss damages compensate you for these losses at their fair market value.
Other than your physical health, closely monitor your emotional health after a personal injury. You could experience depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or restless nights after the accident. If your mental health feels off in the coming days, consider seeing a therapist. Together, you may connect your distress with the cement truck accident.
Pain and Suffering
Sometimes, personal injuries cause severe discomfort and pain. If so, victims may qualify for pain and suffering damages.
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You need not take unnecessary risks with your physical health and peace of mind after a cement truck accident. Let Hensley Legal Group protect your right to compensation and build your legal case against all at-fault parties. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we offer a 100% client service guarantee. To schedule a free case review, complete a Contact Us form or call 317-472-3333.